Country-Specific Information (Updated Sunday, March 29, 2020)
- Honduras has 139 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 2 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of March 28, 2020. The first COVID-19 related death was reported on March 26, 2020.
- The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe/critical cases of COVID-19.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- The Honduran government announced all borders (air, land, and sea) would be closed as of Sunday, March 15, 2020, until further notice. Travelers should communicate directly with individual air carriers to confirm flight options.
- On March 29, 2020, the Government of Honduras announced the extension of a total curfew through Sunday April 12, 2020 for the entire country. Aware of the need to obtain food, medical and fuel supplies and to access banking services, a system has been set for orderly circulation
- The population will be segmented and allowed to circulate according to the ending number of their national ID, passport or resident ID
- Monday – those whose ID, passport or resident ID end in 1, 2 and 3 are allowed to circulate
- Wednesday – those whose ID, passport or resident ID end in 4, 5, and 6
- Friday – those whose ID, passport or resident ID end in 7, 8, 9, and 0
- Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations will open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- From 7 to 9 a.m., the authorized establishments (supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and gas stations) will serve only customers over 60, pregnant women and the disabled (Monday, Wednesday and Friday and according to the end number of the ID)
- No circulation is allowed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, other than the exemptions established in Executive Order PCM-021-2020 and showing letter of safe passage if required by authorities
- Only 2 persons per vehicle are allowed and only one of those persons is allowed in the establishments. Non compliance with this measure is subject to the confiscation of the vehicle for the duration of this emergency, as well as the detention of the persons on board for up to 24 hours, as established by law
- Heavy machinery, persons with letter of safe passage, producers of the food chain and SINAGER staff are allowed to circulate during the emergency, justifying their work, subject to biosecurity measures established by their institutions
- All businesses authorized to open must take biosecurity measures: use of protective masks for employees, monitoring of body temperature, use of antibacterial gel or alcohol and customers must keep a 2 meter distance when standing in line
- Customers should wear protective masks when visiting the establishments
- International flights scheduled during this period will be allowed at the airports in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, that will operate subject to restrictions
- Air, sea and land customs offices will continue operating normally for imports and exports
- Security forces have been deployed to enforce this curfew. All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to respect the curfew and remain in their homes for all but essential movements. When outside your home, please ensure that you have proper identification with you at all times and cooperate with security forces, if stopped. If you are detained, please call the American Citizen Services Unit at (504) 2238-5114, extension 4400 or (504) 2236-8497, after-hours.
- Online banking should be available 24/7.
- ATMs will operate and will be replenished
- Visit the local government COVID-19 website for updated information.
- Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 who within the last 14 days have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or traveled to a country with confirmed cases may be isolated in a medical center for monitoring by the Ministry of Health for up to 14 days.
- All institutions regulated under the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBS) have agreed to implement a temporary economic alleviation mechanism. Individuals and businesses whose cashflow has been impacted by the COVID 19 measures can request a grace period to make payments on debts and renegotiate or refinance loans without affecting credit history or having to pay late fees or other penalties. Customers need to approach their financial institutions for information on these benefits.
- Ministry of Health in Honduras
- The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO)